What is the best – and the worst – about our Bajan tourism product?

Typical Bajan wildlife in its natural roadside environment: The not so rare Genus "plasticus baggis trashisus"

Questions about Barbados’ tourism offerings

submitted as a comment by Dawn Best

I think everyone agrees that changes need to be made and need to be made urgently. What are the best things about the Barbados tourism product? What do we do really well that our visitors cannot stop raving about when they go home? What is it that we have/do that nobody else anywhere has/does that is currently translating into massive foreign exchange? How do we make that more prominent in the world?

Once we’ve identified those key areas then how do we duplicate this success in other parts of the island? How do we improve this product by getting the stakeholders (Hoteliers, Government, Workforce, Citizens) involved in the process in meaningful and sustainable ways?

Now turn your heads the other way. What do we do really poorly?  

What are the most hateful aspects of our tourism product? What is Jamaica doing right that we are not doing? Who are their customers (demographics)? Why are they going to Jamaica and not Barbados? How do we do what they’re doing right but do it better and with a Bajan flavour? If we only want wealthy patrons then how do we court more of them? Are we advertising inside their country clubs or at the side of the field at a Manchester United game (I think not)?

Or are we going to be real and see that one person can only eat so much food, drink so much alcohol, sleep in one bed at a time and take up so much beach space and therefore it’s better to place our bets on 10 hand-to-mouth backpackers instead of 1 rich bitch? Are we going to be flexible and acknowledge that Barbados has accommodations that will suit the wallets and tastes of both demographics and by courting only one type, the hotels that welcome the other type are going to suffer?

And last but not least, are we going to stop treating our visitors like cash cows, crackheads and criminals and start welcoming them ALL like honoured guests in our home? How are we going to lend support to law enforcement who are battling the ills of tourism? The idea here is not to waste time on guesswork solutions but to develop a plan strictly on what we know for sure works and do that with the aim of taking Barbados to #1 in the world (or the Caribbean if you please). This will only work with all hands on deck and everyone feeling like they are a part of the plan and the work and not just looking to Government while Government is looking to the few who are sitting as Parliamentarians.

The people who are in the trenches know what works, they know the solutions so go ask them! #1 will not happen overnight but why not with another 50 years of consistently high standards and continued growth and #2 is nothing to feel shabby about either.

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36 responses to “What is the best – and the worst – about our Bajan tourism product?

  1. CHARLIE ASPIN 1234

    A good start would be to improve the effectiveness and attitude of the the Barbados Police Force

  2. watcher

    It is about the cost of things…..

  3. Name

    meaning we’re too cheap to maintain? to paint things? to not-litter?

  4. Adrian Loveridge

    Dawn,

    I think one of our biggest problems is that people involved in the policy and planning of our tourism product are not even aware of exactly what it is and the alarming thing is that they do not seem willing to find out.
    ‘We’ talk a lot, but implementation is something completely different.
    How could it possibly take 4 years to restructure the BTA or develop a Tourism Master Plan?
    We have all these committees and boards like the Tourism Advisory Council but those of us deeply involved in tourism, never seem to get to hear what they are doing and what they have achieved. Look at the combined PROVEN skills in tourism on critical boards like the BTA and what do you find.?
    Lots of nepotism thats for sure!

  5. Alice in Dreadland

    The GOOD & BAD of the BTA

    – The BTA is a sponsor of many events (GOOD)
    – The BTA never tells the public how much money they provide as sponsor to each event (BAD)

    – The BTA arranges jollies, I mean visits, to overseas territories to ‘benchmark’ world class facilities and events (GOODish)
    – The BTA does not have to justify why it sends a group of 8 persons overseas, traveling premium, staying at 4 star hotels & on expenses to any destination in the world. (BAD)

    – The BTA has created, ok more like replicated, an event called the Food & Wine AND Rum Festival (GOOD)
    – Apart from such ridiculous non-statements as ‘the number are certainly shaping up nicely this year’ then the public has no idea what if any was the expected return on investment or the size of the investment (VERY BAD)

    Fundamentally without open accountability then the BTA & other such entities are free to do any old crap as there is zero consequences to them. The public can only speculate about wanton waste as we never know the real foolishness that is done with our money.

    As for nepotism! If you are not part of the BTA tight circle of cronies then forget about getting even a cent from that place.

  6. Newbie

    Where ever you look in Barbados the same problem seems to exist, people in positions not being trained or allowed to use their initiative. There are told (or so it seems) to use established guidelines that do not update with the times so when a new occurrence to them happens they have no idea or training on how to deal with it. That is real BAD from the BTA point of view because how many people in positions there have dealt with a WORLD WIDE RECESSION. At this point in time NEW INITIATIVES are welcomed, where are they going to come from?

  7. pop

    I agree with newbie it’s thesame old same old. Lovridge says no planning just talk and he is right bare committees but no action . Look there was a an appointed Cruise Tourism Task Focre and instead of getting better things are worst. they just meet talk and meet and talk nothing is actually done.

  8. Begging

    You see when people say that Richard Sealy is doing well people do not understand it takes more that getting heads in beds to grow the industry. It takes planning and a wholistic approach. attractions are dying, hotel plants are old and dirty, service is bad, few attractions of cultural significance eg oistins exist, prices are too high, police service is bad, beaches eroded, west coast over built and soon east coast too all these things add up to turn tourist off. The tourists have choices and little $$ if Barbados does not ACT it will fail.

  9. Name

    Barbados is a NATO country.
    No Action – Talk Only.

  10. A good impression needs to be made from the beginning of the process straight through to the end, which is when the tourist leaves Barbados. And if a good enough impression is made, the process can start all over again when they book another flight for the next year and bring along their friends and family. It’s not a one-off thing – the idea is to get people interested and keep them interested.

  11. LITTER IS EVERYWHERE on this island! = Nasty Bajans.

    I walked along the south coast boardwalk a few evenings ago.
    It was clearly obvious that KFC-Hastings was the nerve center of the litter scattered for 150 yds. both East and West of that fine epicurean establishment.
    One would think that KFC-Hastings’ contribution to the boardwalk environment would be to employ someone to make sure there is zero litter ANYWHERE along the 3/4 mile length of the boardwalk, far less along ‘their stretch’.

    One sees litter right next to the garbage cans.
    Bajans (not tourists) are simply too lazy, too uncaring, to place litter/packaging in the trash cans provided,
    even though I’m pleased to say that many people DO use the garbage cans.
    – I look to see!

    IF we are teaching our kids in school about the environment and about tourism, and about not-littering
    it is clear that an inordinate number of our kids are falling thru the environmental-educational cracks, and simply not taking this seriously…
    to the detriment of our tourism environment, not to mention our own!!

    Bajans just don’t see Ugly, but let me assure you that Tourists DO.

  12. forreal

    Hahaha!! I like this last post bout KFC cleaning up the environs of their place. that is such a dumb joke. you could put the whole mangrove pond land fill full of KFC boxes on the board walk near them and would never dream of touching it cause it is not on their property desipite how the board walk greatly enhances their business. bajan business es like that. clean up is the governments job!! CHECK HOW MANY HOTELS HAVE HEAPS AND HEAPS OF GARBAGE RIGHT NEXT TO THEIR PROPERTIES ON THE BEACH AND THEY NEVER THINK TO SEND SOMEBODY TO CLEAN IT UP!! you want me to call names? i does walk the beaches like any body else. if you see the trash THEIR GUESTS WALK BY AND SEE while just stepping off the property to stroll. CLEAN UP IS THE GOVERNMENTS JOB NOT THYESE CHEAP*** HOTELIERS OR RESTAURANTS.

  13. watcher

    If you look in North American newspapers and at travel agent advertisement you will see that they they have almost stopped selling Barbados as a destination. That would be the first place to ask “WHY”. If you take a quick survey of people who are on the incoming flights you will see that there simply not very many “younger generation..25 to 35 year olds on the flights and very few young families. They can’t afford the price of Barbados. The party generation has nothing to come to Barbados for….no Club Extreme …no Shipp Inn…it is a sign of the times. And if we loose them now they will be lost for future returns.

    First impressions are important. What happened to the steel band that greeted most of the visitors at the airport. What you are greeted by now is a long long long line of people waiting to clear immigration. Bottom line is the destination is tired and expensive and garabage is everywhere.

  14. check

    i hear that Almond may close. if that is true that mean a significant loss of beds for Barbados and people going home. Time to get serious about this thing called tourism.

  15. LITTER IS EVERYWHERE on this island! = Nasty Bajans.

    Garbage is not everywhere.
    SSA does a reasonable job of keeping the garbage situation down to a low roar.

    When I say litter I mean litter: i.e. personal droppings here and there do not quite constitute garbage.

    Sorry to seem to be nit-picking, but let’s keep our definitions precise.
    I am (and always shall be) grumbling about litter
    but not about garbage.

    Niggling litter IS everywhere on this island.
    WALK and you’ll see it.
    DRIVE and it doesn’t exist.

    Fortunately for the nation, most of the garbage is at Vaucluse…..
    speaking of which the road just North of Shop Hill, the Vaucluse Road
    is disgusting with garbage (this time,yes) on both sides of the road!
    Looks like the road leading to a dump or something.
    Dreadful!
    It’s so obvious we simply don’t care as a nation
    -or at least that’s what comes across to intelligent people!

  16. Bonnee McBride

    I agree with the entry above about the age of tourists coming to Barbados. When our family first visited Barbados in 1974 your island played host to thousands of young Canadian families, ourselves included, but no more. We still visit on occasion but the people we meet are all retired now. The cost today for young families from Canada to holiday in Barbados is prohibitive. Destinations like Mexico, Cuba and Dominican Republic are far less expensive so that’s where families and younger travellers from Canada spend their money.

    You are also right about the lack of advertising for Barbados we see in Canada. Again, Barbados doesn’t sell in Canada.

    One pet peeve we have and I have to say this is also a practice which is very irritatiing to many friends of ours is the fact it is very difficult to get separate cheques when eating out with friends in many Bajan restauants. The establishments simply refuse to oblige. I might add, the attitudes expressed when they refuse are simply not geared to making us want to return.

    Meal prices are very expensive as well, and the establishment suggest we split the bill evenly………unfortunately North Amercans are not all that willing to share the cost of liquor or higher priced meals with their tablemates………this is not very well understood by Bajans.

    I did write to the Minister of Tourism several years ago to express my frustration with this practice but although I did get a response from him it was simply ” a wash” and didn’t offer any hope for change in policy at all.

    Barbados is one of our favourite destinations but after many visits, although not every winter, we have decided to forgo our month in the sun on your fair island this winter. When or if we return is in question at this time.

    You have lots of work to do to to regain your status in the travel market.

    I wish you good luck.
    Bonnee McBride…………Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

  17. Raoul Duke

    1) Train all airport staff to be customer oriented. Might also be a good idea to offer free surgery to remove the stick up most of their arses.

    2) Go after the beach doctors. If I wanted to get high on vacation I’d go to Jamaica.

    3) Stop the God Complex. Most Canadians and Europeans are agnostic at best and don’t see Homosexuality as an issue. They also don’t like being lectured. You’re loosing guests. Otherwise, keep running your mouth off and start advertising in the Deep South of the US of A where they hold the same high “moral” standards. Might also want to look at advertising in the Klu Klux Klan’s magazine.

    4) Clean up your act, politically. My family was ready to drop a million on a beachfront condo. Glad I found this website.

    Lastly, I love you guys. I love going to Barbados, but in the last few years, the above has really got on my nerves.

    Yes, I’m white, but I grew up with one portrait of my hero on my bedroom walls, and that was of Dr. Martin Luther King. The BS on Homosexuality that I read on my last trip in the local papers was enough for me to not want to come back. My wife and I usually visit each year with friends, and on the way down were thinking of asking our lesbian friends to join us next year. That said, I can’t, just as I wouldn’t have asked black friends to go on a fun filled vacation to South Africa circa 1979.

    Wake the fuck up, Barbados, you’ve become a joke.

  18. Mike

    Hi Guys,

    My suggestion into finding out why tourists are no longer travelling to Barbados is simply to ask them (the tourists) why!

    My wife and I first visited Barbados over Easter in 1999 and had a brilliant time.

    We have visited a further fifteen times until this year when we had two separate vacations in Antigua, one in March and one November.

    This is the first time that we have not holidayed in Barbados for over twelve years so I would suggest that we are well placed to comment on the decline in tourism to your lovely country.

    It was with a very heavy heart that we chose Antigua rather than Barbados, but it was mainly to do with the cost.

    For those who may know Antigua we stayed at The Jolly Beach Hotel on an all inclusive basis for just US53 per night.

    Yes I know that was ridiculously cheap and we got a great deal, but it was also a great holiday on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach.

    I would suggest that sheer cost in visiting Barbados is probably the main reason for the decline in tourism.

    I had this discussion with a hotelier around five years ago and suggested that Barbados was pricing itself out of the market; my prophecy seems to have come true.

    It is o.k. having the rich and the famous visiting the Island but I suspect that they do no contribute much to the local economy; so it all goes back to the fat cats!

    And again that’s a problem because that makes things more expensive for everyone else.

    The other issue is over building especially along the West coast.

    Again I believe that it is harmful to the local economy and it has destroyed the very charm and character that attracted people to the island in the first place.

    We would love to come back sometime but as I have mentioned on a previous forum the world is a big place, and there are much better deals out there at the moment.

    As an aside, we saw Rihanna at the O2 in London this week; that girl is brilliant and very hot; you lucky people.

  19. In defence..

    The solution to the separate bills thing at restaurants
    is to let the wait-staff know UP FRONT
    –before she even takes your drinks order–
    that this is going to be a split-bill situation.

    And POINT OUT the couples involved, OK (Who is with Who)
    Our wait-staff are wait-staff because they couldn’t quite make FRCS or Rocket Scientist, catch me?

    THAT’s the point at which you start the split-bill thing.
    Not after the meal. That would take major accounting.

    But as long as he/she writes up the entire table on one order chit
    he/she(quite logically?) assumes you guys are eating as one unit
    and will be billed as one unit. Make sense?

    If you let the wait-staff know up front, and still they refuse separate billing
    I suggest you then vote with your feet and your wallet
    but I somehow doubt that should be necessary.

  20. The Doctor

    It’s simple; if the costs are too much compared with other countries the tourists will not come, why should they?

    How come Antigua and Dominican Republic are much cheaper that us.

    Somthing is not right.

    Just cause we are expensive it doesnt make Barbados exclusive cause its not.

    The mark up of the hotels and restuarants is too much the costs shoundn’t be that much.

    Why are they that much if they aint in Antigua and Dominican Republic cause they is an island the same as us.

  21. Anonymous

    Great advice and already attempted many times. Strict policies are in place in many restaurants which dictate no separate cheques…………..so, as you say we walk with our feet.
    One would think if business isn’t good and getting worse they would change the policy rather than lose business.
    For some reason they just don’t get it which could be part of the reason Barbados is losing steam as a destination..

  22. Wow. First things first, Barbados Free Press I am honoured! I’m giving your Christmas layout a thumbs up.

    Now on to the meat of the matter.

    So many great answers were given. It’s time to stop acting clueless and start doing something about it. Time for a grassroots campaign perhaps?

    If the citizens and private sector started a few campaigns then will the politicians get on the bandwagons? Election year is coming up after all. Tax cuts anyone?

    I said to my partner last week “Why doesn’t the government dig into the Immigration records and find the addresses of some tourists and send them lovely ‘missing you/wish you were here’ postcards with coupons?” He laughed his head off and said it’s the best suggestion he’s heard all year.

    I was joking of course. Then again, maybe I wasn’t.

    Government is not likely to get that sunshiny and personal but those of us who have reservation records and tourist friends should probably consider doing something with a personal touch.

    We all love to rag on the politicians but they are a fact of life and we are going to need their co-operation to steer this boat into calmer waters. Their soap opera is not going to end anytime soon and we need to focus on fixing this mess.

    So what can we the people do now to get this going so that Dec 2012 doesn’t meet us in this shape? Any more ideas friends?

    Between the Garbage and what Charlie, Watcher, Mike, Bonnie and Raoul had to say what can we do? Adrian, what is the BTA doing on the ground that will translate into a better product for our guests?

  23. Human

    @ dawn Best

    You have to get the politicians to listen first and even if politicians get on the banwagon it wont be for very long, sorry to say I dont think alot of them care to actually believe or admit that our country is failing in the tourist market, so to me it would just be a way for them to show fake interest in this and then when the hype dies down then its back to normal.

    Its ok to bounce ideas off each other but you still need someone in power to listen, to put them in action and actually care enough to check the outcome and make adjustments when needed.

  24. Adrian Loveridge

    Human,

    ‘you have to get the politicians to listen first’

    Therein is the problem. I have been trying that approach for 24 years. When do you think it will work?

  25. Mike

    I’ve been watching this post for a number of days and I would have to say that given the seriousness of the situation I am genuinely surprised by the general lack of response!

    Whilst there is clearly a cocktail of issues causing the demise of tourism to your lovely island, unfortunately much is down to compliancy founded by the presumption that visitors will always wish to travel to Barbados.

    To a large degree Barbados is now trading on its past reputation.

    Sorry guys; but like it or not its true!

    So what’s changed?

    The Bajan people are still lovely, as are the beaches, the weather and the Banks.

    It’s not rocket science to work it out; it’s something else!

    That something else is largely the spiralling costs of holidaying in Barbados.

    We first visited the island in around 12 years ago and have visited 15 time since then.

    During that time that cost for the same holiday has risen by a massive 310%.

    If my maths are right that’s an increase of around 13.5% year on year, which is simply not sustainable.

    Barbados is no longer a financially affordable holiday option; it has quite simply priced itself out of the market place.

    This situation has not been helped by the fact that here in England the economy is on the verge of a double-dip recession; wages have been either cut or frozen, and the cost of everyday living is increasing, and the country is virtually on its knees.

    Unemployment is rising.

    These same problems exist in France, Ireland, Spain and Greece to name just a few.

    In England the cost of petrol and diesel, food, heating bills etc have seen huge cost rises over the past 12 months or so.

    It is therefore even more necessary to be able (or perhaps that should read allowed), to compete on a financial basis with other holiday destinations; this I would suggest is something that Barbados has never had to do before, because until recently Barbados sold itself.

    Rather like if you go into a Porsche showroom you want to buy a Porsche!

    So what is the way forward?

    Barbados is never going to be a cheap holiday destination, but why is it much more expensive that Antigua for example, when the islands are so very similar?

    A previous respondent mentioned that he got an ‘all-inclusive’ holiday in Antigua cheaper that a comparable ‘room-only’ in Barbados.

    That is a massive difference, but how is that possible?

    Why for example can Sandals (Antigua) offer an ‘ultra all-inclusive’ holiday at a rate around 20% more than ‘room only’ at the Barbados Hilton?

    The ‘ultra all-inclusive’ includes (free) gourmet dining including lobster and champagne, it also includes free water sports and free scuba diving.

    So is to be ‘ultra all-inclusive’ Sandals (Antigua) or ‘room only’ at Barbados Hilton? It’s a no brainer!

    So I would suggest that it is no longer acceptable for the likes of the Hilton to have a plus 600% mark-up on the cost of a Banks. That’s not a reasonable mark-up; it is just greed or inefficiency!

    In my view the costs associated with holidaying in Barbados are superficially high; common sense tells me that it can’t be any more expensive to operate a hotel in Barbados that Antigua.

    Those in charge of tourism to Barbados need to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ and to understand that they are letting the Bajan people down.

    My message to the BTB is that if you are serious about getting us tourists to come back, and most of us would dearly love to, then it’s got to be at the right price.

    There are perhaps other issues causing the demise in tourism to Barbados, but I would suggest that these are quire minor by comparison.

    Change is needed now and ideally before I book my next holiday!

    Have a great Christmas you guys ;how I wish I had been born Bajan!

  26. Thank you Mike and you have a wonderful Christmas as well.

    If we know the system is bottle necked at the top then do we really have any other option than to go in the back way? Case in point, that young lady that went and occupied the NHC unit until they gave her one for herself and her children.

    I am by no means suggesting doing anything illegal. I am saying that what is within our power to do that is going to make a difference if we can continue to do that? What can we start without the politicians?

    Are we even clear on what exactly it is that we want the politicians and the BTA to do that they are not currently doing?

    Cost is definitely an issue. What can be done about that?
    The beach doctors are an issue. What can be done about that?

    310% increase in cost is considerable. Only cutting your vacation time down to 1/3 of what is used to be is going to manage to keep it in the family’s annual budget. That would mean Barbados needs 3 times more visitors to stay on even keel. How long can we continue like this before Barbados is too expensive for Bajans to live in?

    It’s like 32535834/24346-C66 said. We do have a socialist mindset. The electorate has been conditioned to expect the Government to do everything and be the only ones with the power of initiative. Americans are not shy about writing their representatives about the problems their communities are facing. Their Senators and Congressmen get mail from their constituents regularly and let’s not forget the lobbyists.

    Adrian is only one man and he has had to endure like a lone prophet for a long time. So maybe what we need is a bigger voice. It’s clear that friends of Barbados like Mike and Bonnie are willing to lend a pen.

    Does anybody feel like making some history?

    On a slightly different note, personally I am not really for a cheaper product but I do believe in value for money. If anyone is in the mood for a good comedy/horror show, check out Barbados hotels on TripAdvisor and go straight for the terrible reviews. For each bad review please consider the number of spouses, children, at least 2 friends back home and people who found the review “helpful” who will not be coming to Barbados because of it. There is nothing like some bad word of mouth. Remember, customers vote with their feet.

  27. Bonnee

    A 600% markup on a Banks Beer is pure greed. If this is a true statement and if this type of pricing is seen throughout the hospitality industry then one doesn’t have to look further to see why Barbados is in trouble economically.
    It seems reasonable to me that if some hotels and dining spots reduced their prices rather than matching Hilton like establishments others would follow suit……….a price war more or less. Travellers today seek bargains, not artificially inflated prices. You need only to look at all the internet sites currently advertising low cost holidays to the sun. These businesses are gradually taking over the long established travel agencies in Canada so the writing is on the wall. Barbados needs to open their eyes to reality. You are no longer the centre of the travellers universe.
    North Americans want warm sunshine and beaches during our cold winters and we have lots of choice other than Barbados at a much lower cost.

  28. Adrian Loveridge

    Bonnee,

    I am sure many in the industry agree with you but until the BTA effectively promotes the entire industry rather than continually telling the world we are a millionaires paradise (even in the worse recession for eighty years), it will not change.
    A budget of BDS$92 million this year is a significant amout of money and has to be used to better effect.
    Those properties than offer outstanding value-for-money and win awards are not even recognised or highlighted.
    A beer or rum based drink at our small hotel is BDS$4, a bottle of wine from BDS$25, a three course dinner BDS$58. So it can be done.

  29. Anonymous96

    Hi Bonnie,

    I can confirm that the cost of two draft Banks at the Hilton amounted to BDS24.00

    As best as I can recall the price in Jordans supermarket is around BDS2:00 a bottle.

    So yes that a very greedy 600% mark up.

  30. watcher

    My view is the high costs of Barbados are very related to monetary policy and the Balance of Payments. A gallon of milk is about $12 us, a toyota camray $90,000 us. All of these extra costs add to the cost of the tourist product . On one hand the monetary policy has allowed for a standard of living for most people living on th island to be better than those living on other islands where their currency has a free trade market. Other destinations are able to exploit this. There will only be serious intervention into the market by the BTA when and if the Foreign Exchange Reserves are under serious duress. If you have plans for a Barbados holiday, save up you money. It will take a number of years for the current high cost issues to equalize with other destinations so investment in the tourists market s likely not to be a posiibve activity for sometime in Barbados .

    .

  31. HM

    Need to crack down on crime. Not just for tourists but for the sake of everyone on the island. Otherwise Barbados will end up with a poor reputation. There have been several bad articles in UK newspapers (with readerships of millions). This bad press could have been avoided in some cases.

    Also, don’t assume that Rihanna increases tourism. People abroad have very mixed views of her. It’s not all her fault but some people are put off by her nevertheless.

    Need to stop being so complacent. There are thousands of tropical islands around the WORLD – many that are cheaper, with good beaches, diving, countryside…you name it. The Barbados environment is not as pretty as it was. There is way too much building along the coast – in some places you can hardly even see the beach any more. Ridiculous! People are willing to travel further afield for a good holiday – so Barbados needs to compete against the world – not just other Caribbean countries. A lot of people are going to places like Thailand nowadays.

    Also – with regard to complacency – the following sums it up – there was holiday/travel show in the UK. The web site had a section on the Caribbean. Other countries included contact details and comments about how great it would be to visit them. The Barbados section had………nothing…..no details…..nada.

  32. Bonnee

    Your price points are good news but hotels like yours need more exposure. We in the north never hear of them. Make yourself known through advertising and possible incentives. Bajan tourists over the years have been very loyal and with lots of innovative planning over time you can entice us back.
    One also gets the feeling that Bajans think we visitors have tons of money and will pay higher ever increasing costs willingly. This type of thinking couldn’t be further from the truth.

  33. Mike

    Hi Adrian,

    I like the sound of your ‘smal hotel’ – where abouts is it situated on the island, and do you have any contact details.

    Mike

  34. Green Monkey

    @Mike,

    Mike, Adrian’s hotel is called Peach and Quiet. It’s on the South Coast a few miles east of Oistins & south of the airport. Their web site is http://www.peachandquiet.com

  35. Not Rich or Famous - too uninmportant for YOUR island

    I get the feeling that you all see tourists as either being rich (desirable) or not rich (undesirable) This phrase in your article is quite offensive actually “hand-to-mouth backpackers instead of 1 rich bitch? ”
    If the island is only interested in the rich and famous, you deserve to lose all of your tourists. Go ahead – keep judging people on how you perceive their wealth – and watch all the many middle class regular working folks go to Jamaica & Cuba. Hand to mouth backpackers? Really? Give me a break!